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another thought about acceptance and setting ethical boundaries. You may not have
thought that acceptance also involves expectations. Think about it, you not only
accept the client for what he or she is, but you accept them for what they are
capable of being.
In my mind there is no area of counseling where this acceptance leading to expectations is more controversial than in the duty-to-warn an identifiable other of a threat made by your client. In short, what you expect your client to do determines whether you should set a boundary on your client's behavior by warning the intended victim. Secondly, and of equal importance, is your duty-to-protect the client from self harm.
5 Boundaries Regarding Suicide
The key is, by accepting your client and not judging, you set expectations based on reality...and the setting of boundaries regarding the duty-to-warn and the duty-to-protect are key illustrations of the expectation boundary setting.
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